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Live life on Purpose

Live your life “on purpose”. What does that really mean?
This morning I had the pleasure of listening to an interview with John Asaraf on YouTube. He speaks of living each day on purpose.
There is so much more knowledge these days about how the brain works.
There is many different ways experts can now map brain function.
Imagine your brain is an orchestra . There are many different parts that make up an orchestra. Compare the conductor to your conscious mind. So imagine that you decide you wanted to improve some area of your life, be it health, wealth, relationships, or whatever. That is your conscious brain or conductor . The conductor now has to get the rest of the orchestra on the same page. But they have the old sheet music and are comfortable playing it. Now the conductor knows that they will be able to learn and master the new selection . So the conductor passes around the new music. Some parts of the orchestra replace the old music sheets with the new selection and begin learning it. But just imagine that one or two musicians did not change to the new music. The music they play is still the old stuff, comfortable and easy. The conductor, upon hearing the dissonance, must stop the music and get the musicians on the same sheets.
Now compare that to you changing your station in life. You may understand that it is certainly possible and create a goal to achieve it. But, like the conductor, there will be parts of your brain that just want to continue doing just exactly what you have been doing all along. You must train the brain in all areas to play the new beat.
So to live a purpose filled life you must find your passion. Then you must upgrade your skills in this area. You must spend some time every day visualizing you as the new you. You also must spend some time each day reviewing past accomplishments. This exercise reminds your brain that even though you had challenges and setbacks you were still able to achieve success. It helps those musicians in your orchestra that are fearful to learn new music, if you will. In order to reach your goal you must believe you can achieve it and be comfortable with being uncomfortable just long enough to change the brain patterns to the new music. So if that is the steps, a little discomfort to get to the new comfort level, I urge you to think big. People making 2 or 3 times more than you are are not smarter or better than you. They just think different . Reality is truly just your perception . So whether you chose a very large goal or just a small goal your orchestra must change their sheet music so why not create a huge goal at the start.
John Asaraf compared your brain to a pot bound plant. Make sure the new pot is plenty big enough to allow for aggressive new growth.

Living or existing

In our busy world of increasing responsibilities it seems that almost 3/4 of adults feel like they don’t have enough time. The number one thing people say they miss is time with family and friends.
It’s a tough job separating your work and activities from your free time. But when you are down and out, who do you turn to to lift you up? Those same family and friends that are capable of lifting you up need time spent with you to bond. It’s uber important that you stake out time to spend with your network. It brings happiness into your schedule, so do schedule time in!
The definition of busy is basically that the busy person has no more time to include anything but what they are doing. So be sure to schedule in family/friend time so that you don’t find yourself too busy to enjoy life.

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I have put together a montage of famous quotes about success.
John Maxwell
Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.
Mary Kay Ash
If you think you can, you can. And if you think you can’t, you’re right.
Buddha
All that we are is the result of What we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.
Winston Churchill
Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.
Booker T. Washington
Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.
Ross Perot
Most people give up just when they’re about to achieve success. They quit on the one yard line. They give up at the last minute of the game one foot from a winning touchdown.
Thomas Edison
Genius is one percent inspiration and ninty-nine percent perspiration.
Mary Kay Ash
Most people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.
Frank Scully
Why not go out on a limb? Isn’t that where the fruit is?
Author Unknown
Success is a journey, not a destination.
Author Unknown
Life’s failures are stepping stones to success.
Taryn Rose
Fear regret more than failure.
Publilius Syrus
No one knows what he can do till he tries.
Abraham Lincoln
Determine that the thing can and shall be done, and then we shall find the way.
Albert Einstein
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle.The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Tully C. Knoles
The greatest thing about man is his ability to transcend himself, his ancestry and his environment and to become what he dreams of being
Author Unknown
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.
Anatole France
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.
Walt Disney
If you can DREAM it, you can DO it.
Thich Nhat Hanh
The present moment is the only moment available to us,and it is the door to all moments.
Glenda Jackson
You’ve got to sing sometimes like you don’t need the money. Love sometimes like you’ll never get hurt. You’ve got to dance, dance, dance like nobody’s watching. It’s got to come from the heart if you want it to work.

“And in the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
– Abraham Lincoln

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
All the best to you, Let your little light shine!!

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You can climb mountains

You can climb mountains, but you could also take the valley route and still get to your ultimate goal.

Kilimanjaro—Africa’s highest mountain—is located on Tanzania’s northern border with Kenya, and is made up of three extinct volcanoes, Kibo, Mawenzi, and Shira. The highest peak, Uhuru, is 19,340 feet high.

There is no doubt that with dedication, determination, perseverance and a strong desire you can achieve any goal you set your sights on.  But each person has their own idea of what is worth doing.  If you are set to climb every mountain you may find yourself alone on your journey!

If you will, imagine life as a trip from here (birth) to there(death) with many roads to choose along the way. We have to make choices all along the way.  How do you pick which way to go?

Mountains - Autumn in Denali

Mountains - Autumn in Denali (Photo credit: blmiers2)

If you are very close to the situation it makes it much more difficult to decide which way to go.  If you already have an idea where you want to end up on the road, further along the way, it will help you decide which Y in the road to chose today.  Then you will be able to train for the mountains, to plan and organize and mentally prepare to do what has to be  done to get to the top.

Planning a life path allows you to chose which mountains are worth climbing and which ones you will pass by along the valley, an easier route to be sure.

So enjoy the easy walks and prepare for the climbs and keep smiling! Here’s to the journey : )

Marriage License Check-In

Image by Marc Love via Flickr

Statistics Canada published the national marriage and divorce rates for the last time in July 2011. Jeff Latimer, director of the Health Statistics Division at Statistics Canada said that collecting marriage and divorce statistics fell to the bottom of the bucket and were therefore scrapped to save approximately $250,000.00 per year.

I say “Really! It costs that much to run some mathematical equations with information being in databases already? You have to go through the courts to divorce and register marriages through the government. The info is already in Cyberspace”

Toronto based family lawyer, Andrew Feldstein, said statistics about divorce are not that useful anymore. “One of the problems with trying to analyze the divorce rate is that we are changing as a society. People aren’t marrying as often, but they are living in extended common-law (relationships) for periods of time that resemble marriage in almost every respect but for the piece of paper.”                                                       Marriage in America in 2010

And I say, “Really, the difference is just a piece of paper, huh! Tell that to the engaged woman planning her wedding. Tell that to the children who don’t share Dad’s last name. Tell that to the woman in the common law marriage who is not given the right to share her husband’s name. ”

Marriage is a beautiful gift. It begins with a relationship and escalates to an emotional level to which the man decides that he would like to spend the rest of his life with this woman and asks her to marry him. He gives her an engagement ring to tell her and the world that he intends to make her his. Then after much planning and organizing a beautiful day arrives in which they do promise in front of many witnesses and the universe that they promise to be together in sickness and health, for rich or for poor, forsaking all others. That is huge!

That helps during the bumps and jolts of life to know that you are committed to each other. Not just by convenience and circumstance, but by mutual decision and public display. You accepted gifts and well wishes with the intent to see your marriage continue til death do you part.

A piece of paper, indeed!

Of course, like any relationship, it does require work, but that’s another blog.

Keep growing,

JoyfulJoAnn

I heard a great quote from my mentor Raymond Aaron this week and felt the need to spread the word.  It really opened up my thoughts when I heard it.  Just the kind of thing I promised to deliver on this blog (read my About Page). The quote goes like this—We are kept from our […]

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So many people have asked me to share how I figured out I had a gluten intolerance and what my symptoms were that I felt called to share my personal experience with my journey to discover what was wrong with how my body functioned.  I began with headaches that stole complete days from me. Then the complaints went to digestion and repeated trips to my GP gave me answers like, “you have irritable bowel syndrome”. Well , duh, you didn’t have to go to school for 7 years to tell me that!

I carried weight around my middle. I was bloated, gassy and crampy. I never knew when it would hit. So I wasn’t content with a name for my symptoms, I wanted a cure.

That didn’t seem to be in the cards for me through traditional western medicine. I was told to avoid triggers like caffeine, chocolate, beans, fiber, ….  Didn’t help.  There was a period in my life where it wasn’t safe to travel. I needed immediate access to a washroom when the incredible cramps seized my abdomen.  Truly, I  can say after having two children naturally, that those cramps I had from my “irritable bowel” would rival any labor pain.

I am a donor for life at Canadian Blood Services and decided a couple years ago that I would donate platelets a couple times a month.  Prior to each donation I had to go through iron level test, a Q&A session,a Blood pressure check  and provide a sample of blood to be tested. I watched my white blood cell count (WBC) go through the roof and come back down to safe range over the months I was able to donate platelets. I also watched my blood pressure do the same . The readings crawled higher and higher, and then when I changed one thing, which we will come to,I watched them come back down into safe range.  Each time I came in with a high WBC the Doctor had to be called and I had to assure him that I was not ill with a fever or flu.     Canadian Blood Services has since changed the guidelines, excluding women who have had a child as platelet donors, including myself although I do still donate whole blood and  encourage others to do the same. It’s your chance to save a life!

Back to what was causing this rise in white cells and blood pressure?  I noticed aches in my sciatic, and down my legs  every day. I had pains in my side. Low energy plagued me. I started to notice that my heart would just add in an extra beat occasionally, causing me to stop and wonder what was going on?   I could be just sitting and it would happen, and started happening several times a week.  I, of course, still complained of bloating and gas and occasional cramping. I had intense food cravings or just plain thoughts about food- much like an alcoholic thinks about a drink.

I can recall getting all dressed up to go to my husband’s Christmas Staff Party several years ago. Supper was late that evening so we had time to get a cocktail and mingle. The staff had placed baskets of buns on the tables.  To tell the honest truth I barely remember eating that bun. My husband was off socializing and I was by myself at the table when I was gobsmacked by a gluten reaction. My head pounded, sweat poured , my stomach cramped up like I would be torn in half by it.  I gathered myself together and stumbled to the washroom, passing by my husband and telling him I was having a spell.  I left the washroom and went out to the truck to lay down. I felt awful. Then the cramps hit again and back to the washroom I went.  Feeling slightly revived but worn out I rejoined the table. Thank God the meal was steak and baked potato(both gluten free), so I made it through the rest of the evening.

I still didn’t understand what had caused my sudden demise that evening or hundreds of other times this happened.  I did the only thing I could do. I begged God to tell me what was wrong with me.  The secret was to listen.

Memories came back…..the holistic practitioner who tested me in her kitchen and told me,” Wheat is not your friend” years ago.  Ok, I had a starting point.  So I bought barley flour and whipped up a batch of cookies. Wheat was not my friend, but surely the barley that my aunt baked with all the time would be ok. Nope! Wow did I get bloated from those cookies!!

Okay, so , no wheat-no barley. What did they have in common? Gluten. Gluten! Holy crow, I used to add extra gluten to my flour in my bread maker!!

It’s been three years since my epiphany! I had a trial and error experience.  I found some foods that were good and some that were like cardboard. I bought two great books-The G FREE DIET A gluten free survival guide by Elisabeth Hasselbeck and Kathleen’s Light and Easy GLUTEN FREE Cookbook by Kathleen Thomson.

I stumbled upon a great list of DO NOT EAT foods today and it can be found at
http://www.celiac.com/articles/182/1/Unsafe-Gluten-Free-Food-List-Unsafe-Ingredients/Page1.html

Since acomplishing a revamp of how I eat so thatI only have gluten free I am happy to say that I am in control of my health. No more sickness hitting out of the blue. The aches are gone! Hallelujah , Praise the Lord! : ) As I mentioned my BP and WBC are normal- no meds for me!!  The food cravings are gone! Oh so this is what I should feel like. Nice.  And my energy, my energy is so much better. 

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More information

Here are a couple blog entries entailing other ailments that gluten causes to the gluten sensitive body:

http://www.freefromgluten.com/blogs/health-and-welness/2862472-gluten-intolerance-and-depression-anxiety-and-other-psychological-problems


http://www.freefromgluten.com/blogs/health-and-welness/2814512-gluten-intolerance-and-osteoporosis